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IPL Buyers Guide

Compare the best IPL home use devices to see which one bests suits you and your lifestyle.

The Complete IPL Home Use Buyers Guide

Hair management has become a crucial part of our beauty grooming regime. It is every girl’s dream to be silky smooth which is why methods such as IPL and laser hair removal have become the new wonders of the beauty world.

It is purely down to your personal preference as to which beauty product you buy to remove those unwanted hairs, but IPL is a very gentle and effective hair removal method which could really help make your beauty regime that little bit easier. I’m not going to gloss over the fact there are plenty of great IPL devices available for you to buy. So, here is a table we created for you to compare and contrast the features of each device for yourself.

 SmoothSkin GoldPhilips Precision PlusMe Pro UltraRemington iLight Pro 6000FSilk'n Glide
DesignHandheld (mains driven)Handheld (Battery Powered)Base with HandsetBase with HandsetSmall Handheld (mains driven)
Speed (time between shots)0.9- 1.9 sec3- 5 sec1- 2 sec2.3 sec1.1- 3.5
Power (milliwatts)9,5005,7004,9007,8003,100
Automatic Skin Tone SelectionYesNoNoNoNo
Lamp Life120,000>100,000120,00065,00050,000
Skin Tones1-51-51-6 (inc grey and red hair)1-41-5
Suitable for the faceYesYesYesYesYes
Retail Price£299£349.99£349.99£399.99£149.99 (direct online)
Cost per shot (pence)0.250.350.290.610.30

It can be quite challenging searching for the best device that suits you so hopefully this table will be of some help. If you want a little more detail on our SmoothSkin Gold then here are a few features explained.

SmoothSkin Gold key features include:

  • Fast and powerful – the fastest and most powerful device on the market. It’s time between flashes is as low as one second, meaning large areas are treatable in record time.
  • Simple and safe– Making complex technology simple. There’s no need for gel and it boasts dual treatment modes, making the home hair removal experience quick and easy.
  • Detect and Set – with technology and safety at its core, SmoothSkin Gold automatically detects your skin tone for the safest and most effective results.
  • 120,000 flashes –you can treat your body and face for up to 6 years.
  • Glide and Stamp Treatment Methods – to cover small and large areas.
  • Gentle mode – for those with sensitive skin, this reduces the energy released from the device.


How does it work?

Intense pulsed light is designed to help break the cycle of hair growth.

  1. The light energy is transferred through the skin’s surface and is absorbed by the melanin present in the hair shaft.
  2. The absorbed light energy is converted to heat energy (below the surface of the skin), which disables the hair follicle preventing further growth.
  3. Treated hairs naturally fall out over the course of a few days to 1-2 weeks


Is it effective?

  • Yes it does sound a little ‘too good to be true’, but our device is proven by clinical trials and endorsed by skin care professionals.
  • Many customers ask whether it is permanent and the reviews from our SmoothSkin Gold users prove that people who have treated have seen hair reduction after just 3 treatments. If you follow the treatment regime, you can keep your skin continuously hair free. *
  • Our device measures skin tone in 10 levels and ensures you get exactly the right treatment. This gives fantastic results in a safe and controlled manner.

*Part of an ethically approved Clinical trial


But is it safe?

IPL is a safe method of removing unwanted hair and has a rich history full of research and clinical studies.

  • We like to highlight the powerful energy levels produced by our device. However, we don’t want you to feel that we are all about the power. When it comes to our customers, we make sure safety is our top priority. So we created a personalised unique ‘Detect and Set’ feature which measures skin tone and automatically selects the correct treatment for you.
  • The ‘Detect and Set’ feature means the device can safely treat skin tone levels 1-10 but will not treat people with very dark skin. The device will flash red for very dark skin as it is not safe to use. We would love the device to treat everyone, but unfortunately, we recommend people with red, white or grey hair against using the device.
  • We always advise that you check with a doctor if you are taking any medication to see if you are able to use SmoothSkin Gold.


SmoothSkin Gold skin tone chart

skin tone chart 2

Can you use it on the face?

Yes, you can treat the face with SmoothSkin Gold.

  • Women can feel very self-conscious about facial hair which is why our device is perfectly safe to use on the face.
  • Stamp Mode is used to help treat delicate areas such as the upper lip and the chin. It means treatments are easy and very safe.
  • Take a look at our beauty room for more hints, tips and expert advice.


Treatment Regime

SmoothSkin Gold is proven by ethically approved clinical trials. Our clinical trials demonstrate noticeable hair reduction after just 3 treatments. For best results, we recommend a 12 week regime followed by monthly maintenance treatments as required.


Example Treatment Times


Body Parts         

Lower legs: 8.75 min

Upper legs: 8.75 min

Underarm: 0.82 min

Bikini line: 0.88 min

Upperlip: 0.05 min

Total Time: 19.25



Our treatment regime should keep your skin continuously hair-free leaving you with flawless, silky smooth skin.

  • The fastest and most powerful consumer IPL hair removal device on the market. Use for less than 20 minutes once a month to be continuously hair free.
  • 94% of women said they would use SmoothSkin Gold as their normal hair reduction regime.
  • Recommended by skincare professionals and you- 96% of women trialled would recommend SmoothSkin Gold to their friends.
  • In clinical trials, after 12 weeks, the subjects had an average 83% less hair


How much does it cost?

In comparison to salon treatments, SmoothSkin Gold is time and cost effective. Salons charge around £50 a session for IPL and so for 6 sessions you will be paying £300 just for one area. Prices normally vary for larger areas and could cost up to £100 per session. Our home use IPL device offers 6 years’ worth of safe and effective treatments in the comfort of your own home.

  • The retail price is £299.00 (which is a huge amount cheaper than salon IPL treatments).
  • No cartridges- It has 120,000 flashes and lasts up to 6 years
  • Dual Treatment Mode
  • Gentle Treatment Mode


Why SmoothSkin Gold?

We all know how much money it costs to maintain hair free skin. Shavers, shaving cream, waxing, epilators, trimmers… the list could go on. Our SmoothSkin Gold seems a little pricey at first, but if you look back through our buyers guide article, it is proven to be the superior option for hair removal and is much more cost and time effective. All our features are to give the user an unparalleled beauty experience and to provide continuously smooth skin.



Worked brilliantly and quickly. Extremely noticeable difference. Very pleased!” -Victoria Knill

Results showed after just 3 weeks” -Sophie

Excellent results. Well worth persisting with treatments” -Anne-Marie

Continuously beautiful hair free skin

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